Absenteeism Among Nursing Students: A Case Study at University of Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria
International Journal of Management and Fuzzy Systems
Volume 3, Issue 4, August 2017, Pages: 46-51
Received: Apr. 25, 2017; Accepted: May 11, 2017; Published: Oct. 31, 2017
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Emmanuel Okechukwu Chukwu, School of Nursing Mkar, Gboko, Nigeria
Nafisa Haruna Yakubu, Department of Nursing Science, College of Medical Science, University of Maiduguri, Maiduguri, Nigeria
Habu Haruna, Department of Nursing Science, College of Medical Science, University of Maiduguri, Maiduguri, Nigeria
Dathini Hamina, Department of Nursing Science, College of Medical Science, University of Maiduguri, Maiduguri, Nigeria
Terkuma Chia, Department of Human Anatomy, College of Medical science, University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, Enugu, Nigeria
Terna Mesuur Fiase, School of Nursing Mkar, Gboko, Nigeria
Esther Iornengen, School of Midwifery Mkar, Gboko, Nigeria
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Abstract
Absenteeism from clinical areas and lectures among nursing students is a significant problem that if not addressed will adversely affect the quality of nursing care. This cross-sectional descriptive survey design was to assess factors influencing absenteeism among nursing students in University of Maiduguri. A total of 270 respondents were selected using convenient sampling technique after stratified sampling technique was used to ensure that all levels (class) of the nursing students were represented. Data were collected through the use of self- constructed questionnaire which was administered by the researchers and trained assistants. Collected data were presented in frequency and percentage. Mean scores were used to analyze the data. 2.50 was chosen as the bench mark (≥ 2.5 as criteria of acceptance). Inferential statistics (chi-square) [x2] was used to test the hypothesis at 0.05 level of significance. The study findings revealed that majority of students do absent themselves from lectures and clinical postings. Ill-health, nursing a baby, participation in other roles besides academic activities and transportation difficulties are important contributions to absenteeism. Poor grades and carry-over are effects of absenteeism. The researchers recommends among other things that; clinical supervision and attendance list should be taken serious during lectures and clinical posting. The school management board should provide free transportation to clinical areas and accommodations should also be provided for students within campus. Lecture halls and theaters should be made as conducive as possible.
Keywords
Absenteeism, Nursing, Students, University, Maiduguri
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Emmanuel Okechukwu Chukwu, Nafisa Haruna Yakubu, Habu Haruna, Dathini Hamina, Terkuma Chia, Terna Mesuur Fiase, Esther Iornengen, Absenteeism Among Nursing Students: A Case Study at University of Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria, International Journal of Management and Fuzzy Systems. Vol. 3, No. 4, 2017, pp. 46-51. doi: 10.11648/j.ijmfs.20170304.12
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